It seems that the pirates off of the Somali coast will have a new navy to contend with. A British company, Typhon, is setting up a private navy to protect shipping off of the Horn of Africa. One must hope that this action will help. Piracy is the scourge of the sea affecting not only commercial shipping but also pleasure boats. Two of our customers were murdered by Somali pirates in 2011 (see the map above courtesy of the NY Times). When I was in high school one of the owners of the company I worked for was also murdered by pirates, although this time in was on the east side of Panama.
Good luck to Typhon, I hope they are both successful and their employees stay safe.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
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